Health secretary Matt Hancock self-isolating after suspected virus exposure

  • Health secretary Matt Hancock self-isolating after suspected virus exposure

Health secretary Matt Hancock self-isolating after suspected virus exposure

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Tuesday that he is self-isolating after being "pinged" by the National Health Service (NHS) coronavirus contact tracing app.

Hancock said the app informed him that he had been "in close contact with somebody who's tested positive" and so self-isolating was "how we break the chains of transmission". Throughout this period of time, he will be performing all his official duties from his residence.

While it is not clear from Mr Hancock's statement if his isolation ends on Sunday or Monday, his period of quarantine suggests he was last in contact with the person who was infected on Wednesday or Thursday.

"This self-isolation is perhaps the most important part of all the social distancing, because I know from the app that I've been close contact with somebody who's tested positive".

'So you must follow these rules like I'm going to.

The UK has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in the past few months, especially with identification of the new strains of the deadly virus - first found in the UK.

In March, the health secretary revealed he had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson had confirmed he too had the virus. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

He said that in some parts of the country the "vast majority" of people in their 80s have had their first dose - and specifically congratulated Slough for having already vaccinated every single elderly care home resident.

In a video posted to his Twitter account on Tuesday morning, Mr Hancock - who on Monday afternoon fronted a Downing Street COVID-19 briefing - said he would now be remaining at home at all times until Sunday.

The NHS said its vaccination programme continues to expand, with 10 large-scale vaccination centres coming on stream from this week to add to the hundreds of hospital, general practice and pharmacy sites.